The post-cabinet shuffle weeks are a â€˜particularly emotionally exhausting time for staff, both personally and also professionally,â€™ says former Tory staffer Chris McCluskey.
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
Ex-NDP MP Peter Ittinuar and policy adviser Peter Williamson are also running for a three-year term at the Inuit group's helm.
Of 51 government bills passed to date, 32 donâ€™t have any reference to how individual Senators voted at any stage in the Senate Chamber.
The top bureaucrats with the task of supporting the new cabinet have been named, and experts say not having to create new departments will make for a smoother transition.
â€˜He can get into a room with senior politicians and business leaders and convey confidence,â€™ says Eric Miller, a former senior policy adviser to the embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
The percentage of Senators appointed by Justin Trudeau who vote in line with Government Rep. Peter Harder has dipped to 84.2, but Tories say itâ€™s still high enough to question their independence.
June lobbying stats also showed a dip in activity in the Red Chamber that observers said is likely an anomaly with the Senate more relevant than ever.